In addition to performing at every home football game, the Grove City College Wolverine Marching Band is called upon to serve as an honor band for many marching band festivals, parades, and special guest appearances. The band has been the featured college band on the "Boardwalk" at the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City and performed at Walt Disney World in 2001, 2008, 2011, and 2016. The band has recorded marching band music for Jalen Publishing Company and is directed by Andrew Erb, Associate Professor.
The Jazz Ensemble program includes an 18 piece stage band, 18 piece jazz ensemble, jazz sextet, and smaller combos. The stage band plays big band standards and show pieces. The Jazz Ensemble also performs big band pieces but plays more modern jazz arrangements and frequently plays jazz styles such as fusion, jazz-rock, Latin, and salsa.
The Jazz Ensemble performs multiple concerts both on and off of campus and have given special performances all over the East Coast including: Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Tampa, West Palm Beach, and Walt Disney World in Orlando. In addition, the ensemble frequently performs as the “honor’s band” at many local and regional high school festivals and is led by Dr. Joe Hasper.
The Symphonic Concert Band is the largest concert band on campus and is made up of music majors and non-music majors. It performs the classic standards of wind band literature as well as pops and new compositions. In recent years, the band has worked with notable guest composers such as Robert W. Smith, James Swearingen Drew Fennell, and Patrick Burns. The Symphonic Concert Band is under the direction of Andrew Erb, Associate Professor.
The Wind Ensemble is the select wind band on campus. A smaller group in the vein of the traditional open instrumentation style of wind ensembles, it performs literature of highest caliber in the wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble has premiered several new works in recent years and is under the direction of Andrew Erb, Associate Professor.
The relatively new Pep Band plays stands tunes for home basketball games and is a great way to make music in a fun, exciting, and laid back setting.